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Rajon Rondo injury: Lakers guard out 4-6 weeks following hand surgery

Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo will miss the next four to six weeks recovering from hand surgery, according to a Los Angeles Lakers press release.

The veteran NBA champion has struggled to stay on the floor this season between injuries and a suspension, but when he’s been on, he’s been a big part of the team’s surprising single-season turnaround.

He’s averaged 12.5 points and 9.9 assists per 36 minutes in 14 games, two of which he’s started, in his age-32 14th season.

The Lakers are looking to their floor general to be a mentor to second-year guard Lonzo Ball while helping to anchor a team riddled with young talent. Rondo’s a two-time champion who’s been to the biggest of stages in the NBA.

Now, the Lakers will be without both he and LeBron James for a multi-game stretch that should test the team’s mettle. The first such test proved to be too much for the young squad without its veterans as the team fell to the Sacramento Kings, 117-116 on a desperation three-pointer from Bogdan Bogdanovic.

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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